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ERIC Number: ED053129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Pages: 7
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Verbal Interaction and Verbal Ability: Research and Practice.
Plumer, Davenport
English Record, v21 n4 p168-174 Apr 1971
To isolate those features of adult-child dialogue that are associated with high verbal ability, tape recordings were made of 21 twenty-minute conversations in the homes of twelve 7-1/2 to 8-1/2 year old boys. The resulting dialogues were coded and grouped for analysis as follows: Total Sample; Sub-Sample of 500 Consecutive Utterances; Longer than Average Dialogues; and Adult Child Dialogues. A j test was used to gauge the significance of the difference between group means. An adult from each family was interviewed, and each family was treated in individual case studies. The majority of the findings indicate that adult-focal child dialogues are pivotally related to the verbal ability of the focal child. Above average verbal ability seems to be associated with a situation in which the mother initiates but then assumes a secondary conversational role. In school terms, the standard dialect teacher should interact directly with the student rather than the whole class; and the student should be encouraged to use the dialect he is learning in a school setting. (DB)
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